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Pace setter Crutchlow setting sights on wins

The Yamaha Sterilgarda rider was four tenths faster than the opposition around the Italian track at the end of the two days.
Cal Crutchlow was happy to once again have his name at the head of the World Superbike timesheets during mid-season testing at Imola, but he admits he now wants to turn it into race wins.

While Crutchlow's one-lap pace is unrivalled so far this year, the Yamaha man having started on pole position on three occasions this season, he is yet to turn it into anything more than a trio of third place finishes.

Going fastest again during testing at Imola with a lap of 1min 47.478s, Crutchlow says he is heading to the next round at Brno with 'good confidence' but concedes he needs to start winning races.

“I'm happy with result of the test but we've got to win the races as well. We've tried a lot of different settings here, finally the best are close to how we started at the beginning. Hopefully over the summer break we'll get some new parts and make more of a difference. We're going to Brno with good confidence and we'll take away from this test some good positives.”

Despite Crutchlow's headline-grabbing performances, it remains James Toseland that leads his younger team-mate in the overall standings. However, the former world champion endured a trying time on his first visit to Imola in six years, setting the 11th best time.

“It's been a bit of a frustrating test for me,” he said. “We've been concentrating over the two days on trying various different settings to try and maximise the grip on the bike as opposed to focussing on getting the fastest lap time. At the end of it I don't feel I've managed to get closer so I've been struggling a bit.”



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RawDawg

July 02, 2010 1:17 PM

"Cal and JT are good riders but I don't think that Yamaha Italia is a good team." Jimmy Oh, really? That's funny because in 4 years with them from 2005-08 before Spies, Haga finished the title in 3rd, 3rd,2nd,and 3rd and won plenty races. In 2008 THE YEAR BEFORE SPIES Corser finished 2nd in the title and Haga finished 3rd. So basically what you are saying is that a team that has had TWO 2nd place finishes and two 3rd place AND a title in the last 5 years in the championship is all of a sudden is no good. Is that what you are saying? I was getting ready to say that that is nothing more than an excuse. But maybe Cal and JT aren't as good as Corser and Haga. They definitely aren't as good as Spies.



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